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What is the difference between "take action on" and "take action"? I searched on the internet but found nothing.

Thanks in advanced.

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Take action on is not a distinct idiom; rather, the word action licenses a preposition phrase headed by on as a complement designating the problem or domain to which the action is directed.

A: At last! Management has taken action!
B: Action on what?
A: Action on our petition to eliminate Durham cutlets from the cafeteria menu!

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